I’ve been wanting to make Cook’s Illustrated’s Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes. They are made with a rich chocolate cupcake base and a chocolate ganache layer baked in the middle.

Pearl Chinese Cuisine is the pretty sister restaurant to Emerald Restaurant. It is located in Rancho Bernardo and next to the beautiful Webb Lake Park, which has a very pretty duck pond that you can gaze at while you eat.

We went there for the first time a few days ago. I was amazed at how pretty the interior and exterior are.

A few years ago, The New York Times published an article for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Of course I wanted to try it. But I put it off for a long time because it seemed so complicated. Until now…